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HBO orders 'Boardwalk Empire' season two

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HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a second season.

On Sunday, the new series attracted 4.8 million viewers to become the cable network's most-watched show premiere since the 2004 debut of Deadwood, reports Deadline.

"Following resounding critical approval and high viewer numbers for the series' September 19 debut, HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a second season," read an HBO press release.

"The response from the media and our viewers has been nothing short of amazing," HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in a statement.

The series, from producers Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter, stars Steve Buscemi, Anna Katarina and Michael Pitt.

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